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Section 1 Introduction 1 Introductory Overview of British Political System 2 Evolution of the British Political System Section 2 The Political Context 3 Political Culture 4 Social and Economic Context 5 The Unwritten Constitution 6 Political Ideas Section 3 The Mediating Agencies 7 Political parties 8 Pressure Groups 9 The Mass Media Section 4 The Legislature 10 The Monarchy 11 The House of Lords 12 Voting Behaviour 13 House of Commons Section 5 The Executive 14 Prime Minister and Cabinet 15 Ministers and Civil Servants 16 Policy-Making Section 6 Sub-National Government 17 Devolution 18 Local Government: Provenance and Decline 19 The Judiciary and Politics 20 Britain and the World 21 Conclusion: British Politics in Flux Glossary
Bill Jones was formerly Director of Extra-Mural Studies at Manchester University 1986-91, Professor of Politics and History at Liverpool Hope University, UK, and is now Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the same university.
`This book does "what it says on the tin": it introduces students to the fundamentals of British politics. It does so without compromising on historical context or failing to mention the key debates in each topic. I recommend it to any student looking for a short but wide-ranging book to give them a thorough grounding in British Politics.' - Professor Daniel Stevens, University of Exeter, UK `Bill Jones has produced yet another clear and concise introductory text on British politics. Whilst condensed, this book provides a coherent foundational knowledge of the discipline, and as such, promises to be a popular choice amongst undergraduate students in particular.' - Dr Oliver Harrison, Nottingham Trent University, UK